What can you expect at a gathering that attracts the most eclectic bunch of cognoscenti from the Food Retail industry? As is customary at the annual India Food Forum (organised by IMAGES Group and publisher of Progressive Groce), the Conclave this year rippled with energy and its usual share of heat and light that the conferences, workshops, exhibitions, live shows and networking sessions radiated. Industry mavens who spoke on different themes and topics at the numerous panel discussions threw up interesting insights on the F&G industry. Discussions also led to information on trends, emerging product categories, understanding consumer behaviour, and on marketing and in- store promotion strategies – all of which, as everyone agreed, require joint efforts of both manufacturers and retailers.
Pages 10 to 50 of this issue of the magazine offers a conspectus of the action at the India Food Forum. For those who were not there, we bring you interesting bytes and loads of information exchanged at the Forum. Turn to pages 36 to 45 to find out the achievers who won the Coca-Cola Golden Spoon Awards for excellence in foodservice and food and grocery retail across multiple categories.
My congratulations to the winners and my heartfelt thanks to all the participants at the Forum for making the show a great success and also for making India Food Forum a stellar platform for articulating the vision of the food retail industry in the country and for forging deeper ties and understanding with all industry stakeholders.